Hamilton to Premiere in Sydney 2021

HAMILTON will make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in a new production beginning March 2021. Producers Jeffrey Seller and Michael Cassel together with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, joined NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in announcing the much-anticipated production.

Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said; “Thank you to everyone in Australia who’s been asking for Hamilton. It’s on its way and we can’t wait.”

Hamilton Producer Jeffrey Seller said; “Every producer of a successful Broadway musical dreams of bringing their show to Australia. I can’t wait to bring this show to Sydney which, like New York City, was built on the shoulders of immigrants.”

Australian Producer Michael Cassel said; “The moment I saw Lin-Manuel’s remarkable Hamilton I wanted to share it with Australian audiences. This is musical theatre at its most innovative, original and transformative best.”

HAMILTON premiered on Broadway in August 2015 and took home 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. It is also currently playing in San Francisco, Chicago, on tour in the US and in London’s West End, where it opened in December 2017 winning seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. HAMILTON’S score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

Featuring book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Join the mailing list at HamiltonMusical.com.au to receive future news about performance dates and ticketing. Details regarding casting will be released next month at michaelcassel.com/casting.

Source: Hamilton Musical

Samsung announces availability for the Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung has announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available in Australia from the 28th of May.

The new device is designed to perform at a level that Samsung has never before seen in a Samsung device. The S10 5G delivers the richest feature set ever offered in a Galaxy smartphone, including a 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display , 4,500mAh battery with Super Fast charging capability, and an incredible camera experience.

Garry McGregor, Vice President of IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia said: ”This is the most anticipated device Samsung has ever launched in Australia as it combines additions to our amazing Galaxy range but also opens the door to the opportunities that 5G experiences will bring people in future.”

Telstra customers who purchased the Galaxy S10+ during the eligibility period earlier this year will be able to upgrade to the Galaxy S10 5G at no additional cost. These customers will have 21 days from 28 May to redeem the offer.

Source: Samsung

Australia’s largest Indoor Skydiving Championships turns 5

Indoor Skydiving Australia Group {ISAG}, Australia’s largest indoor skydiving group, has announced the dates for the 2019 Australian Open Indoor Skydiving Championships; this year celebrating its 5th anniversary; with registrations open worldwide.

This year’s championship will be held across two huge days; Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August; with over 300 of the world’s best in the sport expected to compete.

“We have been holding these championships in Sydney for the last 5 years and the popularity within the skydiving community globally is growing”, comments National Marketing Manager for ISAG Cheryl Dawson, “each year we are extending the competition length, and adding new elements to the event so that we can accommodate the amount of registrations we receive!”

The first championships was held in 2015 with around 147 registered competitors. Over the last 5 years almost 600 of the world’s best have competed to battle it out for the coveted Australian titles.

“Popularity for our event grew fast not only here in Australia but worldwide. We have people from Singapore or France (for example) travel to our facility in Sydney to compete against our Australian flyers! We have some amazing local talent that will be hard to beat”.

One such talent is 13 year old Amy Watson who earlier this year became the youngest ever indoor skydiving champion taking gold for Australia in the Junior Freestyle competition at the 3rd FAI Indoor Skydiving World Championships in France.

“We have been supporting Amy’s career in professional indoor skydiving since she first stepped into the tunnel back in 2013,” states Cheryl, “we are incredibly proud of Amy, and all our talented sponsored athletes, and can’t wait to see them all compete at the Australian Open”.

The Australian Open Indoor Skydiving Championships will be held at Amy’s home ground training facility, iFLY Indoor Skydiving Penrith, recognised not only as Australia’s largest indoor skydiving facility, but also the biggest in the southern hemisphere.

“Australia is rapidly becoming a leader in producing some of the world’s greatest in the sport of indoor skydiving”, continues Cheryl, “It is one of the most accessible and all-inclusive sports and we are incredibly proud of the talent that our facilities across Australia have been producing.”

“Indoor skydiving is a sport that can be enjoyed by anybody, any age, all inclusive”, says Cheryl, “it doesn’t matter if you are in a wheelchair, have hearing loss, low vision, are 3 years old or 103. When you are indoor skydiving everyone is the same. We invite people of all abilities to enter and be part of our championships and have your chance to compete for Australia!’

All the Australian competitors who win a medal in the 2019 championships will qualify to participate in the 4th FAI Indoor Skydiving World Cup in Charleroi (Belgium) in April 2020.

“Without doubt this is the biggest indoor skydiving event to ever happen in Australia”, continues Cheryl, “we will have some of the world’s greatest indoor skydivers competing. We want everyone to be part of it!

The public will be invited to attend free of charge, and iFLY Indoor Skydive will also broadcast a live Facebook Feed expected to be viewed by almost 1 million viewers.

The 2019 Australian Open Indoor Skydiving Championships will be held on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August. For more information on the event and to register as a contender please head to https://downunder.iflyworld.com/australianchampionships

Source: iFly Indoor Skydiving

Ormond Group's new social hotel brand, MoMo's, launches in Kuala Lumpur in October 2019

MoMo’s, Ormond Group’s new playful hospitality concept, will launch its first property in central Kuala Lumpur within the eclectic Chow Kit neighborhood this October. Home to 99 guest rooms, MoMo’s KL will be a newly renovated, exciting hangout in the city, providing a fun and laid-back multi-dimensional space where visitors and locals can collide in harmony.

MoMo’s celebrates creative collaboration whilst offering a design-led lifestyle hotel at a value-for-money price point. Alongside micro rooms, MoMo’s KL will provide guests with a dynamic social space that engage with creative communities and urban nomads. The hotel has been designed to inspire memorable moments, through fun creative programming and a unique food and beverage offering.

MoMo’s hosts will ensure that guests have unrivalled access to Kuala Lumpur’s hidden gems, experiencing the city as a local would. Stepping away from the traditional notion of front-of-house staff, hosts are on hand to greet guests on arrival, make them a coffee or cocktail whilst checking them in for their stay. Embracing Asia’s open house culture, MoMo’s prides itself on its informal environment in which guests are encouraged to relax and have fun, feeling totally at home.

On the ground floor, MoMosita’s – a new casual concept from leading Malaysian F&B operators Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew of Troika Sky Dining, is a fun, gritty, self-serve dive bar serving tacos and snacks alongside draft beer and bottled cocktails. Open in the evenings throughout the week, with late night music programming on Fridays and Saturdays, MoMosita’s is the ultimate low-key hangout for guests and locals to let loose and mingle.

Reframing the hotel narrative from being a place to get a good night’s sleep to each hotel acting as a springboard to guests’ city experiences, MoMo’s KL encourages guests to live, play and stay. The traditional lobby is replaced by a social space that acts as the central hub of activity, The Playground. The Playground, located on the ground floor, is the hotel’s main events space which will host a series of weekly events from performance art, workshops and exhibitions to DJ sets and live gigs. The Playground was conceptualized to encourage the best creative minds from the city and abroad to mingle.

The micro-rooms feature bespoke amenities, plush beds, smart TVs and a safe with a self-pick-up style room service facility. Inward facing rooms look out onto a large gallery lightwell which provides the rooms with a curated moving image space. The design palette throughout the rooms and the communal spaces are made up of simple, honest materials with raw concrete, laminated timber and combed plaster featuring throughout. Notes of dusty pinks, washed greens and aged brass are consistent throughout the furnishings, fabrics and ornaments that bring MoMo’s design focused, yet approachable, character to the fore.

Sydney based interiors and architecture studio, Akin Atelier, has led the design of MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur bringing founder, Kelvin Ho’s, renowned style to this unique property. The Australia based architect and interior designer has brought MoMo’s KL to life using the multi-faceted and playful character of Kuala Lumpur as the inspiration for the design. The public spaces have been conceptualised to feel like an experiential gallery where food, art and music are expressed in its rawest forms to elevate and juxtapose them from the simple rooms.

Gareth Lim, CEO of Ormond Group, says,“MoMo’s is bringing a fresh personality to Kuala Lumpur, offering young, culturally driven travellers a design focused and value-concious experience. Social interaction is central to MoMo’s ethos and look forward to being part of the regeneration of the Chow Kit neighbourhood.”

MoMo’s will open next door to The Chow Kit – An Ormond Hotel, another new launch from Ormond Group. A second MoMo’s hotel is slated for a 2022 opening in Melbourne, Australia.

Source: Ormond Hotels

Escape to Byron Bay's newest destination this winter

Byron’s newest destination, North Beach Byron Bay, is an oasis for innovative design, local boutiques, epicurean delights and world-class luxury. Up until recently North Beach was a well-kept secret for locals. Now with a burgeoning creative community, top notch accommodation and eateries, it’s becoming one of Australia’s must visit destinations for those in the know.

Now is the time to see what all the fuss is about with an exclusive North Beach Byron Bay winter offer from Elements of Byron and Habitat Byron Bay.

From 1st June until 31st August, Elements of Byron are offering 20% off room rates, including daily continental breakfast. In addition, guests will receive an exclusive ‘North Beach Passport’ with special offers on a collection of activities and retailers in the area from Zephyr Horses and internationally renowned brands at Habitat Byron Bay including The Beach People, Children of the Tribe and Tigmi Trading.

Nestled between the northern end of Belongil Beach and the bustling Arts & Industrial estate, and home to some of the area’s most creative industries, North Beach embodies the essence of Byron Bay – community living and sharing of creativity and ideas amidst a beachside lifestyle. In addition, Australia’s first ever solar powered train makes hourly trips from North Beach station to the heart of Byron Bay, making the restaurants, shops and beaches easily accessible.

The village precinct of Habitat represents the “new” luxury. With so many of us looking to disconnect from the online world and reconnect with like-minded people in an inspiring environment, Habitat offers the area’s best lifestyle experiences including the renowned Barrio Eatery & Bar, Bende barre and yoga studio, and a number of health and wellness, fashion and homewares stores showcasing local and design-led brands.

Elements of Byron is a luxury beachfront resort with 193 villas dotted throughout 20 hectares of natural bush and rainforest gardens. Guests can experience the 850,000-litre infinity lagoon pool as well as the adult’s pool, which will be heated during the winter months.

This offer is for a minimum three nights stay. Rooms start from $304 per night, for travel from 1st June to 31st August.

To book, call 02 6639 1565 or visit elementsofbyron.com.au/northbeach

Source:  Elements Of Byron